Taftville Fire Chief Tim Jencks giving a tour of Ponemah Mills

The City of Norwich is proud to be a member of the Last Green Valley. The Last Green Valley is a National Heritage Corridor comprised of 35 towns in Eastern Connecticut and Southern Massachusetts. The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) is a nonprofit charitable organization established in 1995. They are advocates for the fragile and irreplaceable resources of The Last Green Valley. Founded as a grassroots organization, and built upon a proven track record of success and partnerships, TLGV is ensuring a natural and cultural legacy for generations to come.

During the past 25 years, the Last Green Valley has been sponsoring walks which began as Walking Weekends in October and which have morphed from one weekend of guided walking tours to a month long event called Walktober. Norwich’s participation in Walktober has grown exponentially over the past few years and we are pleased to have offered over 35 walks and events in Norwich for Walktober 2019.

Many of Norwich’s 2020 Walktober Tours will be virtual. Please check out Norwich’s virtual Walktober experiences on The Last Green Valley’s website and Youtube Channel.

Meet Team Walktober

The Mr. or Ms. Walktober honor has been bestowed upon only a small number of walk leaders over the past few years, and this year we introduce a dynamic duo from Norwich as they join this extraordinary club! Dianne & Regan have teamed up to provide what is becoming a model for other towns organizing a Walktober lineup. All Norwich Walktober experiences are gathered and strategically scheduled to offer attendees memory-making visits. You can plan to spend a day in Norwich and comfortably attend more than one Walktober experience.

Dianne’s lifetime love of Norwich architecture led her to purchase an 1860 Greek Revival home in Norwich with her husband in 2001. As secretary of the Norwich Historical Society and co-chair of Norwich’s Semiseptcentennial Celebration, it seemed natural for Dianne to be part of the newly-formed Norwich Walktober planning group 3 years ago, and to become its chairwoman for the last 2 years. An avid Walktober participant, Dianne is thrilled and honored to be in the position of actually coordinating the walking tours she loves so much!

A Norwich native, Regan Miner is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in History and holds a Master’s Degree in Public History from Central Connecticut State University. In her role as Executive Director to the Norwich Historical Society, Miner coordinated major projects promoting Norwich’s history including the restoration of the 1783 Dr. Daniel Lathrop Schoolhouse, now home to the Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitors’ Center, the “Discover Norwich” exhibit, and the Walk Norwich Self-guided trails. Further, Miner preserves, protects, and promotes Norwich’s history through programs such as historical reenactments and by securing funding for the restoration of historic properties. Currently, Miner serves as Chairman of the Norwich Historic District Commission and on the Board of Preservation Connecticut. Lastly, Miner was the recipient of the 2016 40 under Forty Award, the 2016 Connecticut Governor’s Conference on Tourism Rising Star Award, and the 2018 Mimi Findlay Award for Young Preservationists.

Please look for Norwich’s walks in the 2020 Walktober Calendar!

We hope that you enjoy getting to know our community, which is rich with history and culture. Our walks include architecture, Norwich’s rich & famous (and infamous!), the Mohegan Tribe, historic battles, waterpower, arts, gardens, graveyards, ghosts and much more! Have we piqued your interest yet?

Visit Walk Norwich on Facebook  and see all of Norwich’ s Walktober Walks for 2020! 

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Connect with the Last Green Valley – http://thelastgreenvalley.org/

Dave Oat giving a tour of the Norwichtown Colonial Burial Ground

Thank you to our sponsoring organizations and partners

Center for Hospice Care Healing Garden
City of Norwich
Mohegan Striders
Greenville Neighborhood Revitalization Committee
Guns of Norwich Historical Society
Geoff & Kim McLean
Leffingwell House Museum
Ellis Walter Ruley Committee
The Mohegan Tribe
Last Green Valley

Taftville Fire Company #2
Thayer’s Marine
Vic Butsch & Tom Coletti
Zack Lamothe
Roberta Vincent
Melodye Whatley
Grace Episcopal Church
Christ Episcopal Church
Norwich Community Development Corporation

Norwich Free Academy
Norwich Heritage and Regional Visitors’ Center
Norwich Historical Society
Norwich Lion’s Club
Norwich Public Utilities
Otis Library
Slater Memorial Museum
Norwich City Historian Dale Plummer
Norwich Millionaires’ Triangle/Tricia Staley

Antient Ghosts of Norwich Tour

Photos by Courtney Dubreuil

The Norwich Historical Society hosts an annual ghost tour through the Colonial Burial Ground in Norwichtown on the Friday before Halloween. (October 29, 2021)

As dusk approaches, stroll through one of Norwich’s oldest graveyards and hear colonial history and local ghostly legends. General Admission: $10.00 plus fees, children under 12: $5.00 plus fees. There will be three tours leaving at 6:40pm, 7:00pm, and 7:20pm – each tour will be limited to 30 people each. Tickets go on sale September 2021.

Photos by Courtney Dubreuil